IT Infrastructure and Security Technician
Thomas felt he had nothing to lose by applying for an apprenticeship with IBM, the international IT firm, and he was right – he is now one of their infrastructure and security specialists, working on the security of servers for over 500 separate companies.
Over and above IT security management, day-to-day he is likely to be working on developing new applications and ensuring that systems are always up-to-date. The range of work is challenging but also stimulating. “I’ve always been driven to find out how and why things happen”.
Thomas admits it was a gamble applying for the IBM Apprenticeship Scheme after one year at college - even with his lifelong interest in computing - but the quality of training he has received, the opportunities for progression he has had, and the friends he has made convince him that he made the right choice.
Striving for improvement is what really drives him at work. “That’s what the company thrives on. If you feel something could be done better, you can voice your opinion and get it changed. When it’s all done you have the satisfaction of knowing you made a meaningful impact.”
Thomas's career pathway
- 2011 Left school with 10 GCSEs and completed a year at college studying combination of A-levels and BTEC in Software Development
- 2012 Began an Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at IBM
- 2015 Completed his apprenticeship
- 2016 Promoted to Linux/AIX Infrastructure and Security Specialist at IBM